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English Language

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Why Study English Language?

Our modules will give you a sound and scientific insight into the structure and use of language, as well as into the history of English and sociolinguistics (the relationship between language and society).

We give you the opportunity to study a wide range of subject matters, allowing you to explore and develop your interests. In your third year you will be able to focus your attention on those questions that interest you most. Our students benefit from a wide range of learning facilities, including an extensive collection of books on Linguistics and English Language, a speech laboratory, as well as recording equipment for hire.

Our English Language course also provides opportunities for you to focus on the issues of bilingualism, teaching English and/or Welsh linguistics, preparing you for specific career opportunities in those fields (some of which may require additional training).

We have an annual David Crystal Day when Professor David Crystal, the world's foremost authority on the English language gives classes to students in the School.

Career Opportunities in English Language

A degree in English Language provides subject knowledge and expertise. You will also develop important transferrable skills valued by a range of employers.

These include:

  • critical reading and evaluation
  • research and analytical skills
  • proficiency in diverse modes of presentation (written, electronic and spoken)
  • problem solving
  • working independently
  • team-work
  • information technology skills
  • effective interpersonal communication

English language graduates gain a broad range of skills applicable in a variety of occupations, such as media, education, management, government, research, health, translation. Graduates have also gone on to postgraduate studies in English Language or related fields.

Those taking one of our Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) degree options will benefit from a course that prepares students to become qualified as an instructor of English, giving them the appropriate academic background for them to proceed towards other relevant qualifications.

Our Research in English Language

We have an excellent record of research excellence in a wide range of areas. We have an active and diverse research profile that is recognised internationally, with specialisms including:

  • Welsh language change
  • Access Semantics,
  • Processing and acquisition of prosody and syntax
  • The language of victims of crime
  • Language development
  • Corpus linguistics and language change
  • Contested languages
  • Cognitive Discourse Analysis (CODA)
  • Temporal language and the nature of figurative language

The world-class quality of research in the English Language and Linguistics carried out at Bangor University has been confirmed by the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework), the most recent national assessment of research quality.

Importantly, our research informs our teaching provision at all levels. Added to that we are proud of a vibrant research environment as attested by the various events held throughout the year. In addition to individual talks and research seminars, we also hold workshops and host large conferences. Students are encouraged to get involved and be a part of this lively community.

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